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Police believe 4-year-old was victim of hit and run

 
Posted Tuesday, July 22nd 2014 @ 4pm

UPDATE - Tampa Police's Laura McElroy provides more details in the case of a 4-year-old Tampa Bay's death. Listen... 

TPD says SUV involved in 4-year-old’s death is a1997-2002 ford expedition, dark color, after market chrome rims, after market chrome front grill and tinted windows.

 

Below is the second piece of video released from TPD

TAMPA, Fla. (970 WFLA) – Tampa Police say detectives have obtained the original video from a second surveillance camera, however it does not provide 100% certainty of how the young boy ended up in the roadway. Based on the injuries to the child, the physical evidence at the scene, the witness statements and different camera angles, police say it appears the child was the victim of a hit and run or a traffic crash. Police also say it is possible that the driver did not realize the child was hit.

Police say investigators are working to enhance the video to the release later today.

Citizens have called in several new leads on the vehicle involved due to the extensive media coverage.  

The video above is the first surveillance video released to the media. In the meantime, the Tampa Police Department is still searching for the dark green, possibly black, 2000-2004 Ford Expedition. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-Tips or TPD at 813 231-6130.

Police said originally that a witness called 911 around 9:45 p.m. Sunday after seeing a child fall out of the back passenger door of an SUV on N. Florida Avenue just north of 109th Avenue. Police say that child, identified as 4-year-old Marterrance Albury, landed on his head and was then run over. Police say he was critically injured and later died at St. Joseph's Hospital from his injuries.

About 20-30 minutes after the incident, police say the victim's 17-year-old brother walked up to an officer at the scene and told him that he couldn't find his 4-year-old brother. Police say the victim rolled out of the vehicle in front of his apartment complex that faces Florida Avenue.

The victim's mother came home at 4:00 a.m. and told police that she went out with a friend and left her 4-year-old with his older brother, according to TPD officials. Once she found out of her son's death, police say she became hysterical and wanted to take her own life and was then transported to the hospital where she was baker acted. Detectives are still interviewing the 17-year-old son.

Related Story: Family of 4-year-old Tampa boy who rolled out out of SUV speaks out

 

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